New York liberals are outraged at more than half of the nation’s Governors saying no to an Obama administration plan to accept 100,000 “refugees,” but when asked if they would personally house a refugee, almost all refused to do so.
RT’s Lori Harfenist hit the streets of Washington Square Park in New York City to ask residents what they thought of opposition from Governors to the White House’s refugee proposal.
“I think they all ought to go read the Statue of Liberty,” responded one man.
When Harfenist handed him a form and said, “You’re signing up to house some refugees,” he immediately shot back, “I’m not going to be able to do that.”
“Everyone in this country has been a refugee,” another younger man enthusiastically proclaimed.
His enthusiasm waned somewhat when he was handed the form to personally house one.
Another man expressed support for bringing in the refugees but then complained that his studio apartment wasn’t suitable.
“A studio apartment’s better than another winter in the desert,” responded Harfenist.
“Erm, I don’t know if I would do that,” retorted the man.
What we’re seeing in this video is a specialty of ‘progressives’ and leftists – virtue signaling.
Virtue signaling is when someone expresses an opinion or support for a minority group not because they genuinely care or plan on doing anything about it, but merely to obtain social brownie points from their liberal friends.
In reality, studies show that despite how much liberals bleat on about how caring and humanitarian they are, conservatives are significantly more generous when it comes to charity.
The Philanthropy Chronicle analyzed the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between 2006 and 2012 and found that poorer conservatives gave more money to charity than wealthy liberals.
So while leftists like to posture and grandstand about how charitable and considerate they are towards those less fortunate, the facts show that they’re stingier than conservatives, who are less likely to virtue signal simply to make themselves look good on Twitter and Facebook.
In Geldof’s case, it’s been almost four months since he promised to house four refugee families, and nothing has happened since.
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